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" when meate my father giues to mee,
and stares me in the face :
that might ring through the place.”
The old man agrees,
The old man answered then anon,
her tayle shall wind 4 the horne 5
shall not be able to forbeare,
but laugh her vnto scorne.
Soe, farwell sonne !" the old man cryed;
my leaue of thee !
keepe 8 thee save 9 both night & day!”
At nightfall Jack pipes his cattle home,
When it grew neere vpon 10 the night,
itt was his ordinance ;
the whilest his cattell on a row
Thus to the towne he pipti full trim, (page 99.)
into his ffathers close.
which done, he homewards went anon;
finds his father supping, and asks for a help.
His ffather att his supper sate,
and said to him anon,
at night I pray you giue me some 6 meate,
I am? hungrye, by Saint Iohn !
“ Meateless 8 I haue lyen all the day,
My dinner was but ill."
& at the boy 10 he did it fling,
His father throws him a capon's wing.
This greened 11 his stepdames hart full sore, ,
shee stared 13 him in the face :
that made 14 the people all agast,
itt sounded 15 through the place ;
The stepdame stares at him, fulfils the old man's promise,
and is laughed at
Each one laught & made 16 good game, 164 but the curst wife
red for shame & wisht shee had beene gone.
pipes.—P. 2 do.-P. up
each.-P. 4 Then went into the house anon.-P. 5 into the hall.-P. 6 del.-P. ? I'm.-P. 8 meatless.-P.
9 capon's.-P. 10 at his son.-P. 11 loathes.-P. 12 grieves.—P. 13 And stares.-P. 14 As made.-P. 15 And sounded.-P. 16 did laugh & make.-P.
“Perdy," the boy sayd, "well I wott
& might haue broke a stone.”
She stares again, with the same result.
ffull curstlye2 shee lookt on him tho :
which did a thunder4 rise.
a woman let her pelletts flee
More thicke & more at ease ?
ffye!” said the boy ynto his dame, “ temper yourở teltale bumm, for shame!”
which made her full of sorrow. Dame,”7 said the goodman, “goe thy way, for why, I sweare, by night nor day 8
thy geere is not to borrow.”
She tells her wrongs to a friar,
Now afterwards, as you shall heare,
& lay there all the night.
& to him made a great complaint
of Iackes most vile despight.
“We haue," quoth shee, "within, I-wis, 188 a wiced boy,--none shrewder is,
which doth me mighty care ; I dare not looke vpon his face, or hardly tell10
shamefull case, soe filthylie I fare;
I well, not in P. C.-P.
2 Cp. Cotgrave's "Feroce, cruell, fierce, curst, hard-hearted, sterne, austere: " the auncient Romanes.
vsed to ty a wispe of Hay about the one horne of a shrewd or curst Beast,” (w. foin). “Belle femme mauvaise teste: Pro. Faire women either curst or cruell be.”-F.
3 And then another fart.-P.
4 Which gart the Thunder.—P.
10 Nor ... shew.-P.
and asks him to beat the boy soundly.
“ for gods loue meet this boy' to-morrow,
& make 2 him blind or lame."
the wiffe prayd him not to forgett,
the boy did her much shame :
The friar agrees.
“Some wiche he is,” quoth 4 shee, “I smell.” 200 “but,” quoth the fryar, “ Ile beat him well!
of that take you noe care;
lay on & doe not spare.”
Next day the boy
Early next morne the boy arose,
his cattell for to driue.
he was afrayd to come to 6 late,
he ran 7 full fast & blythe.
as before, followed by the friar;
who asks him to explain his conduct.
But when he came ynto the land, 8 212 he found where litle Iacke did stand,
keeping his beasts alone.
tell me forthwith anon!
“And if thou canst not quitto thee well,
I will not longer 10 byde.”
· For my sake meet him.-P.
6 he came too.-P.
upon the land.-P.
220 The boy replyed, " what ayleth thee ?
my stepdame is as well as thee;
what needs you thus to Chyde ?
Come, will you seemy arrow flye
& other things withall ?
& giue her you I shall.”
There sate a small birde in a5 bryar:
“ for that I long to see.”6
soe right that shee fell downe for dead,
noe further cold shee flee.
ffast to the bush the fryar went,
much wondering at the chance.
soe lowd, the fryar grew mad apaide, 10
The briars scratch and tear him.
Now sooner was 12 the pipes sound heard,
& leapt the bush about;
& by the breech & other place,
that fast the blood ran out;